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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Road repairs on Carlisle estate branded a 'shambles'

A ROAD repair on an estate which residents say left drains covered by tarmacadam and levelled speed bumps has been described by a councillor as “a shambles”.

Several residents in Caird Avenue, Belah, Carlisle, said they are deeply unimpressed with the road’s condition.

The area’s county councillor Alan Toole says highways officials are aware of the state of the road – which was resurfaced just a few months ago – and they now plan to rectify it.

One family who live on the avenue said they were astonished at how the contractors involved went about the job.

Stuart Burns and his partner Kimberley Heptanstall, both 30, are among the locals who have criticised the repair.

Stuart said: “They’ve just slapped tarmacadam on top of the old road, but they covered over the drains and manhole covers, and some of the speed bumps out there are now lower than the rest of the road.

“They came back at night time a few days after to dig out the drains.

“They’ve obviously done it as quickly as possible”

The couple, who have two children – four-year-old Calum and 23-month-old Summer Eve – are concerned that much of the road no longer has a clearly defined kerb because much of it has been filled to pavement height.

Kimberley said: “Because the road is the same level as the pavement, it’s hard for children to see the difference.

“There’s supposed to be a 20mph speed limit but the cars fly along here. That’s why they needed speed bumps.”

Despite the quality of the repair, the couple say that the road’s previous condition was “horrendous.”

Another resident, Jim Preston, 71, described the road’s speed bumps as “a joke”.

He said: “With the speed bump at the end of the road, they ran out of money and just put in a flat one to make it look as though it was one.

“I know that these roads haven’t been done properly. It looked great when they first did it but it won’t last. The water sits on the road and the surface is already deteriorating.”

But Caird Avenue resident Thomas Milner, 64, said he was happy with the road, adding: “It’s better than it was before – it was like a patchwork quilt.”

But Mr Toole said: “It’s a shambles.

“The tarmacadam around the speed hump has broken away. My concern is that we have a lot of flooding at the moment and it could happen here. I can’t believe that they put tarmacadam over the drains.”

He added that Cumbria County Council highways officials agreed the road repair had not been done correctly and they now planned to rectify it – although an authority spokeswoman said works were carried out adequately. She said: “The works on Caird Avenue and Belah Road are in place to seal the carriageway in order to prevent deterioration.

“Works have included laying micro asphalt, which has been laid over low-lying speed humps and up to kerbs which fall towards the carriageway.

“The nature of the road means that it may appear to be higher.

“However, these works have been carried out adequately. Iron works are yet to be completed, and cannot be carried out in the rain, so we are awaiting for a good weather window to finish this off.

“Cumbria County Council has been made aware of some dissatisfaction in the area and will be liaising with the local member to identify any specific issues that residents may have.”

In 2002, councillors agreed to invest £65,000 in new speed bumps in Belah, including Caird Avenue.

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